Pontiac Firebird 400 Convertible
The Firebird actually arrived on the scene three months later in 1967 than its sister F-body car, the Chevrolet Camaro. Initially, Pontiac General Manager John DeLorean felt the marque would do better with an inexpensive version of the two-seat Banshee show car. When that didn’t happen, the division was quick to accept the pony car, and the Firebird was born – it proved a good decision and marketing success. Pontiac’s 326 cu. in. V8 was the standard engine, but it shared outside dimensions with the more powerful 400 cu. in. V8, so engineers were quick to bless the car with the larger engine from the very beginning.
For Firebird’s third season on the market, the cars were given new styling, which included a nose similar to the upcoming 1970 Le Mans. Interior styling was updated from previous years, too. The car received the Firebird 400 moniker when the 400 cu. in. engine option was ordered, which included a floor-mounted shifter, dual hood scoops, dual exhausts, heavy-duty suspension and Wide-Oval redline or blackwall tires.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California and in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia.
400 cu. in. High Output Ram Air III V8 engine, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 101".
Source: RM Auctions
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